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The Handbook of Federal Government Leadership and Administration Transforming, Performing, and Innovating in a Complex World

    332 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Public management is context dependent, rather than generic. That may sound obvious, but in the late 1920s through the 1930s, a dominant strand of thought considered public administration to be a "single process," wherever practiced. Today by contrast, federal administration is distinguished from private enterprise, nonprofit management, and state and local governmental practices by the combined effects of its scope and scale; the constitutional separation of powers, federalism, and protection of individual rights; and administrative law requirements for stakeholder participation, representation, transparency, privacy, due process and other democratic-constitutional values. The Handbook of Federal Leadership and Administration is a state-of-the art guide to the unique features of federal administration, informed by the latest theoretical developments, research, and practical applications, and the leadership and management of federal agencies.

    Written by "pracademics" with federal practitioners specifically in mind, the handbook is designed to bridge the gap between academic and applied public administration by identifying what resonates with practitioners as they search for usable theories and research findings to improve performance. Combining rigor and relevance in the study and practice of federal administration, it includes chapters on theory, history, reform initiatives, leadership, necessary skill sets, budgeting, power and influence, political embeddedness, change management, separated and shared executive, legislative, and judicial powers, effective communication, ethics, and emerging concepts and challenges. It will be essential reading for federal practitioners, scholars, and "pracademics" alike.

    1. The Bureaucratic Landscape: Origin and Implications for the Federal Leader

    Patrick S. Malone

    2. Federal Administrative Leadership in the American Political System

    Robert F. Durant

    3. Theory & Practice in Federal Government Executive Branch Leadership & Administration: Developing Rigorous Approaches to Effective Government

    Bill Valdez

    4. Leadership and Management: The Use of Distributed Power and Influence in a Changing Federal Government

    Andrew Rahaman

    5. Leadership Development: An Investment Necessary to Increase Federal Employee Engagement and Federal Government Productivity

    Robert M. Tobias

    6. Administering and Leading in the Federal Government: The Need for an Adaptive Leadership Approach for 21st Century Leaders

    Ruth Zaplin and Bill Valdez

    7. Leading with Integrity

    Donald G. Zauderer

    8. Communicating to Drive Engagement and Trust

    Angelo Ioffreda

    9. A Review of Federal Government Reform Initiatives since the Passage of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993

    Nancy Kingsbury

    10. Change Management in Federal Government Organizations

    Ruth S. Wagner

    11. Leading in the Context of Constitutional Government

    Joseph V. Kaplan

    12. Understanding the Federal Budget: Where Policy Meets Money

    Neile L. Miller

    13. Emerging Challenges for Federal Government Leaders

    Data as an Asset - Big Data: Lost in Space

    Joyce Hunter

    Workforce Analytics: Data-Driven Human Capital Management

    Anita Blair

    Cultivating Resilience: A Modern Day Organizational Imperative

    David A. Bray and Charles R. Rath

    Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media in the Federal Government

    Kim Mosser Knapp

    The Entrepreneurial Species within the Federal Government Innovation Ecosystem

    Avery Sen


    David H. Rosenbloom is a Distinguished Professor of Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs at American University, USA.

    Patrick S. Malone is a Professor and the Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs in the School of Public Affairs at American University, USA.

    Bill Valdez is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University, USA. He is also a Senior Vice President at an international consulting firm that specializes in energy, environment and science/technology policy.

    "The editors have assembled a first-rate group of contributors to assess the enduring questions about federal executive branch leadership and bureaucratic service in America. The authors’ mix of academic and practical experience provides the reader a nice balance of perspectives. They recognize that effective federal bureaucratic leadership is more important than ever."Paul Teske, University of Colorado Denver, USA